Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism

Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism

Thomas E. Patterson


As the journalist Walter Lippmann famous approximately a century in the past, democracy falters “if there isn't any regular provide of reliable and appropriate news.” Today’s reporters aren't offering it. Too frequently, journalists supply equivalent weight to proof and biased opinion, fan the flames of small controversies, and alternative infotainment for genuine information. even if they get the proof rights, they typically misjudge the context within which they belong.
 
Information is the lifeblood of a fit democracy. Public opinion and debate undergo whilst voters are misinformed approximately present affairs, as is more and more the case. although the mess ups of today’s communique process can't be blamed completely at the information media, they're a part of the matter, and the easiest desire for anything larger.
 
Patterson proposes “knowledge-based journalism” as a corrective. except newshounds are extra deeply knowledgeable in regards to the matters they conceal, they'll proceed to misread them and to be liable to manipulation via their assets. during this ebook, derived from a multi-year initiative of the Carnegie company and the Knight starting place, Patterson demands not anything below an incredible overhaul of journalism perform and schooling. The publication speaks not just to reporters yet to all who're all in favour of the integrity of the data on which America’s democracy depends.

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